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East River and Blackwell's Island, New York City
Date: 1857
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 30 x 42 in. ( 76.2 x 106.7 cm ) Framed: 39 1/2 × 51 1/2 in. (100.3 × 130.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Fenwick Beekman
Object Number: 1954.19
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In this pendant to the William and Abraham Beekman House, Grube depicted the expansive view from the Beekman home across the East River to Blackwell's Island, today called Roosevelt Island. Commissioned paintings such as this reflect an old-fashioned topographical tradition and served not only as permanent records for future generations, but also as celebrations of the wealth and culture that an impressive family property suggested.

Exhibitions:

Gov's Mansion, 1994 - 1/97 Seneca Village, 1/97

"Views & Visions: The Hudson River to Niagara Falls," Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York, July 11–December 13, 2009.